Planning for Climate Change & Water Management in the MENA region

23 April 2014 | Article

 Adapting and mitigating to climate change impacts are now recognized as major challenges for the world’s community. In our region; and despite the physical changes easily noticed by anyone, knowledge and better understanding on the climate systems are needed.

 IUCN ROWA organized two workshops for planning climate change and water management in the MENA region in Amman, Jordan as part of to regional projects.

The first workshop funded by MAVA foundation was held on the 15th of April, 2014 to address the challenges of climate change adaptation and set a Regional Steering Committee of the Knowledge Sharing & Networking project partners headed by IUCN and assisted by National Committees where applicable to check the potential impacts of climate change on MENA region.

The objective of the committee is to recommend ways of preparing and adapting to climate change in a way that would reduce potential damages, on the one hand, and promote the development of new concepts and technologies to address the problems, on the other hand.

The second workshop funded by the European Union and ISESCO was held under the patronage of HRH princess Basma bint Ali on the 16th April, 2014 aiming at launching the Guiding toolkit for increasing climate change resilience in the MENA region where the final outputs of the SEARCH project are out.

The workshop started with a speech from the acting regional director of IUCN ROWA, Mr. Fadi Shraideh highlighting the role of IUCN in “raising awareness about climate change mitigation and adaptation”.

His Excellency, Dr. Taher AL Shakhsheir, Minister of Environment, delivered a speech about Jordan’s initiatives to face climate change impacts and the role of the Jordanian government in adapting to these changes.

Later, delegates from Jordan, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Lebanon, Morocco, and Egypt, where SEARCH project was implemented, presented their experiences in adapting with climate change impacts and increasing local climate change resilience.